Meeting of February 15, 2015 Report
The regular meeting of the members was brought to order by President George Matto at 2:30 PM.
George read our correspondence. We received a thank you note from Kris Freiermuth for the Chapter 31”s condolences on Leo’s passing.
There were no new members present nor any visitors or guests; 19 members attended.
George also spoke of the volunteer session that he, Al Pholpeter and Bill Butcher, and Bob Morris had with some staff members of OMSI. They debugged several issues with the Oregonian clock. Notes were taken by both George and OMSI staff members for the purpose of ending up with a repair/maintenance manual for the OMSI staff.
Jeff reviewed the particulars of the Palmer Antique Show at the Portland Expo Center for us. It is being held on March 6,7, and 8 with a drop- off day which is Thursday the 5th of March from Noon to 6:00 PM. Jeff also reviewed the space allocated for our Chapter and started a sign-up sheet for the eight 8’ foot display tables as well as Chapter table volunteers. The display tables cost $12.00 each.
George reviewed the Regional Planning meeting and said that we are current on the planning process. He urged the membership to sign up as soon as possible so that the Planning Committee can better project budget needs. We also welcome more volunteers to assist the Committee members at the time of the Regional.
PROGRAM: A video presentation of the Bellingham Watch and Clock museum. We were fortunate to have two members present from Chapter 180 to update us on where the museum contents will eventually reside. Right now the best offer for a home for this outstanding collection has come from Vista, California. They have a wonderful living museum containing, tractors, steam machinery, gas machinery, and several buildings to contain everything. They are willing to build a structure for the Bellingham clocks. Chapter 180 would prefer to have the collection closer to home, therefore they are still entertaining offers. The Chapter 180 visitors were Ron Kowalski , Treasurer, and Ernie Lopez, Curator.